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Published: 01 November 2015
Figure 1. From René Descartes, Discours cinquiesme [ Fifth Discourse ] : Des images qui se foment sur le fond de l'oeil (Paris: Le Gras, 1658), 36, 39, 42, 45. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Figure 1. From René Descartes, Discours cinquiesme [Fifth Discourse]: Des More
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 189–196.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Alok Yadav This essay sketches out, and challenges, two broad ways of understanding the fictiveness of literary works, one that associates fictiveness with unreal contents and one that associates it with a distinctive register or key in which a given discourse is to be received. Both conceptions...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 366–372.
Published: 01 November 2009
... critical essays, “Traveling Theory” and “Travelling Theory Reconsidered,” in which Edward Said takes the concept of reification as an apt way to describe a specific symbolic procedure central to colonial discourse: the dehumanization of the native. If we follow out the Fanonian logic of that claim, we can...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 August 2012
... consciousness, thereby offering a full, materialist account of the mind. This article argues that an emergent subgenre of contemporary fiction has both formally integrated and critically assessed these discourses of the mind. The “neuronovels” of Ian McEwan, David Lodge, and others have specifically addressed...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 210–223.
Published: 01 August 2014
... rich. Certain formal aspects of the novel, including free indirect discourse and omniscience (which is regarded as a ubiquitous discourse outside the novel as well), are held responsible for this state of affairs, which may extend well into postmodern forms of fiction. © 2014 by Novel, Inc. 2014...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Vaughn Rasberry In the years following the attacks of 9/11, the Cold War discourse of totalitarianism has resurfaced in connection with Islamist terrorism. Scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the ideological spectrum routinely characterize the global jihad as the “new...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 208–228.
Published: 01 August 2011
...Janice Ho This essay situates Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses within the historical context of a politics of extremity that was mobilized by ethnic migrants in postwar Britain in their struggles against racism. Such a politics—characterized by the discourses of war, militancy, rioting, and heat...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 23–43.
Published: 01 May 2019
... shadow of omniscience itself, wielding a sort of all-pervasive knowledge of the plot that is usually reserved for the narrator's exclusive access. Although critics have interpreted free indirect discourse as an authorial elision of individual consciousness, a ventriloquizing of characters' thoughts that...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 446–464.
Published: 01 November 2015
... aesthetic with political judgment but employs this incompatibility in order to establish a reading practice that operates within the explicitly drawn boundaries of literary discourse, the delimitation of which is a necessary first step to thinking through the relationship between literature and politics...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 449–466.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Ben Parker This essay reconsiders the connection between the narrative closure of the Sherlock Holmes stories and their ideological and scientific contexts. Previous studies have taken contemporary scientific discourse to provide Holmes with his famed method of solving crimes. I argue that said...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 197–216.
Published: 01 August 2017
.... Although student-centered pedagogy has now pervaded educational discourse for more than one hundred years, it was not entirely intuitive or necessary that the modern school system at its inception should orient the classroom experience around the interests and inclinations of students. If educators at the...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 375–387.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Ann duCille Treating the popular and academic discourse surrounding Toni Morrison's winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 as a case in point, this essay critiques the ways in which race and gender—“black” and “female”—have been used as loaded signifiers to limit, qualify, segregate, and...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 387–392.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Jennifer L. Fleissner Jonathan Lethem, discussing Ian McEwan's work, argued in 2007 that “neurology” has replaced “psychoanalysis” as today's great “rival to the novel's authority.” This essay explores Lethem's proposition via attention to these discourses' differing notions of the symptom. While...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 443–450.
Published: 01 November 2009
... theory of novelistic discourse—because catastrophe is, in what follows, a figure of time, a figure of eventfulness that always and ineluctably worries while it structures the broader protocols of meaning. In particular, my essay returns to Daniel Defoe and his strange preoccupation with disastrous events...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 268–277.
Published: 01 August 2009
... fetish that disavows the disarticulating force of rhetoric itself. Linking Trollope's autobiography and novels to discourses on shoes and utility by Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger, this essay draws out the compatibility of uselessness and value that Trollope performs even while explicitly...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... reader, a being contradictorily characterized in Eliot's day and ours as both dilettantish and overinvested, both distracted from and passionately identified with the fiction she absorbs. Although conducted in a different theoretical vocabulary, today's critical discourse on reading resonates with...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 May 2010
... Allan Poe and participate in recent critical approaches to the father of detective fiction that read him in the context of the racial discourse of his day, and (2) critique the hierarchical thinking that both banishes comics to the realm of the “subliterary” and sustains racist ideology. In this sense...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 284–300.
Published: 01 August 2014
... critique of capital's logic of equivalence. I then explore the sensibilities that arise from Rancière's adoption of free indirect discourse as part and parcel of his project of political emancipation. I conclude by showing how Rancière's turn to style offers a critique of political authority through a...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 31–46.
Published: 01 May 2011
... contemporary world. By reading the movement to the novel as one into desire (instead of away from it, as many critics have claimed), I suggest that Lennox reverses the terms of her contemporary critical discourse on realistic and fantastic fiction; the author uses the romance, not the novel, to teach her...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 382–401.
Published: 01 November 2011
... authors generate in their work a nonsubversive irony through free indirect discourse and the tentative deployment of conventional generic tropes. This irony allowed middlebrow authors to critique without undermining the central contention of the bildungsroman: that aesthetic pleasure might allow the...